Michael Kane

Assistant Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

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  • 463 SN
  • 617.373.7193

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Research Focus

Occupant-centric building controls, community resilience, model predictive control, hybrid systems

About

Michael Kane is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University where his research and teaching focus on automation in the built environment and how people interact with automated systems. Prior to joining Northeastern, he served as a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Advanced Research Project Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) where he identified new technology development opportunities for control of civil energy infrastructure, primarily in the areas of transportation, buildings, and distributed energy resources. In 2014, he finished a PhD at the University of Michigan where he pursued novel ways of embedding computational intelligence into civil systems in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Technology (LIST).

Education

  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 2009
  • BS, Architectural Engineering, Drexel University, 2009

Honors & Awards

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Research Overview

Occupant-centric building controls, community resilience, model predictive control, hybrid systems

Selected Research Projects

College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • T. Abuimara, B.W. Hobson, H.B. Gunay, W. O’Brien, M.B. Kane, Current state and future challenges in building management: practitioner interviews and a literature review, Journal of Building Engineering, 2021.
  • Z. Afroz, B.W. Hobson, H.B. Gunay, W. O’Brien, M.B. Kane, How Occupants Affect Building Operators’ Decision-Making, ASHRAE Journal, 62(11), 2020
  • M. Schweiker, E. Ampatzi, M.S. Andargie, R.K. Andersen, E. Azar, V.M. Barthelmes, C. Berger, A. Jamrozik, M.B. Kane, et al., Review of Multi‐Domain Approaches to Indoor Environmental Perception and Behaviour, Building and Environment, 176, 2020, 106804
  • M.B. Kane, J.P. Lynch, J. Scruggs, Run-Time Efficiency of Bilinear Model Predictive Control Using Variational Methods, With Applications to Hydronic Cooling, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 24(2), 2019, 718-728
  • M.B. Kane, L.P. Jerome, J. Scruggs, Development of a Scalable Distributed Model Predictive Control System for Hydronic Networks with Bilinear and Hybrid Dynamics, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 32(5), 2018, 0401803

Competitions

Sep 27, 2022

Solar Decathlon Team Looks to Design Net-Zero Housing Properties

The Northeastern Solar Decathlon team was a winner of the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, a distinction that came with $50,000 in funding. They are working to become the first collegiate Solar Decathlon Build Challenge team to build a multi-unit, energy-efficient structure in an urban environment. The team is led by students Aasav Harania, MS in Energy Systems, and Ted Walinskas, BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Engineering and Public Policy, and is advised by CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane.

Student Groups

May 11, 2022

Northeastern University Solar Decathlon Team Wins $50K in Contingent DOE Funding

Northeastern University’s Solar Decathlon team’s project won contingent approval to proceed in the 2023 Build Challenge from the Department of Energy (DOE) last month, a distinction that comes with $50,000 in funding.

PhD

May 09, 2022

CEE PhD Student Shows Academic Excellence with Receipt of GRFP & DOE iBuild Fellowship

Katherine Bassett is a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the advisement of Assistant Professor Michael Kane. She is pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering in his Automation in the Built Environment Lab, and will receive an MS in Sustainable Building Systems along the way. She is the recipient of […]

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Student Groups

Aug 20, 2021

NU Team PARIS Wins in Phase 1 of American-Made E-ROBOT Prize

A Northeastern faculty and student team was awarded a $200K prize as a finalist for Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made Challenges E-ROBOT Prize. In Phase 2, up to four teams (from the 10 finalists) will receive a $500K award. The team’s submission proposed development of a Precise Air-sealing Robot for Inaccessible Spaces (PARIS). The Northeastern team is advised by ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir, CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane, and ECE Distinguished Professor Carey Rappaport.

Michael Kane

Faculty

Mar 15, 2021

NSF CAREER Award for Smart Thermostats for Energy Management and Occupant Comfort

Assistant Professor Michael Kane, civil and environmental engineering, was awarded a $763K NSF CAREER Award for “Human-Centric Automation in the Built Environment.” The project will enable the design of automation in the built environment that models human physiological and behavioral responses to changing environmental temperature conditions to satisfy competing objectives of energy management and occupant […]

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Faculty

Sep 21, 2020

Civil and Environmental Engineering Solutions to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and its Industrial Advisory Board held a series of panel discussions entitled “Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) solutions addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Michael KaneI, David Fannon, and Misha Pavel

Faculty

Apr 28, 2020

Kane Receives $2.2M Department of Energy Grant for Flexible Building Technologies

The US Department of Energy awarded CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane (PI), CAMD/CEE Assistant Professor David Fannon, and ECE affiliated faculty Misha Pavel $2.2M to create an open dataset characterizing occupant-centric control of grid-interactive efficient buildings.

Faculty

Apr 11, 2020

FY21 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 19 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY21 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 13 different projects.

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Faculty

Dec 03, 2019

Poulin and Kane Awarded Best Paper at Resilience Week 2019

Interdisciplinary Engineering PhD candidate Craig Poulin and CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane were awarded “Best Community R&D Paper” at Resilience Week 2019 for their paper “Identifying Heterogeneous Infrastructure Interdependencies through Multiverse Simulation.”

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Faculty

Sep 03, 2019

Ergun and Kane to Work on $1.2M NSF Grant for Algorithmic Workplace

Law Associate Professor Hilary Robinson, MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun, CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane, CSSH Professor Steven Vallas, and Juliet Schor from Boston College were awarded a $1.2M NSF grant for creating an “Understanding the Algorithmic Workplace: A Multi-Method Study for Comprehensive Optimization of Platforms”.

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